North Pole Exped
#11: under 100
Published at 18:03
Today we crossed a region of chaotic ice with no order to the ridges, blocks and pans. It was a challenge to navigate and it brought both smiles to our faces and curses to our lips.
In the morning the temperature hovered around -10c but the afternoon brought a cold spell and the mercury dropped 8c in an hour. Together with a steady light breeze it made our stops uncomfortably brief.
I'm now in my new Hilleberg 2-person tent by myself. Typically on a pole trip the tent size should be double the number of people, so Jade and Paul are in a 4-person tent. It allows freedom to spread out and more importantly to set up the stove inside, a standard technique amongst polar travellers though one that requires extreme caution. Our tents are the longed for relief after a day in the freezer.
We have 99km between us and the North Pole. We hope to cover this in 8 days or so and if our pace and the conditions remain constant we should achieve that. Let's see what gives!
- Name: Day 4
- Elevation: 1 m
- Latitude: 89° 6’ 47” North
- Longitude: 134° 58’ 31” East